Big Boys Gone Bananas!*
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What will a big corporation do in order to protect its brand? Swedish filmmaker Fredik Gertten personally experienced how far one was prepared to go in the aftermath of releasing his previous film Bananas!*. That first documentary follows the lawsuit that 12 Nicaraguan plantation workers successfully brought against the fruit giant Dole Food Company. Just before Gertten left Sweden to attend the world premier of his film at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival, the film is mysteriously removed from competition.
Filmmaker Fredrik Gertten took on the multinational corporation Dole Food Company and it’s PR army and won. Upon the release of Gertten’s blockbuster documentary Bananas!*, which recounts the law suit 12 Nicaraguan plantation workers brought against Dole, his tenacity and journalistic mettle were tested to their limits when he was hounded by Dole’s lawyers and PR firms.
Gertten will be at the Frontline Club to give a masterclass in filmmaking against the odds. He will give a detailed account of his ordeal and answer questions about his films and filmmaking in general.
Moderated by John Sweeney of the BBC’s Panorama.